Crabs In The Skillet jig

Also known as Liz Doherty’s.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

Crabs In The Skillet has been added to 10 tune sets.

Crabs In The Skillet has been added to 200 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Crabs In The Skillet
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
D |: G3 d2^F | G2A B2c | ded cBA | dcB AG^F |
G3 d2^F | G2A B2d | cAc f=ed |1 cAF F=EF :|2 cAF G2 ||
d | gag gf=e | fgf f=ed | cd=e fed | cAF G2d |
gag gf=e | fgf f=ed | cd=e fed |1 cAF F2 :|2 cAF F=EF ||
G2z A2z | B2z c2z | ded cBA | dcB AG^F |
G2z A2z | B2z d2z | cAc f=ed |1 cAF F=EF :|2 cAF G2 ||
X: 2
T: Crabs In The Skillet
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:DGG ABc|cdB ~c3|Add cBA|dcB AGF|
D2 G ABc|cdB ~c3|cAc fed|1cAF G2 F:|2cAF GBd||
|:~g3 ~g3|fag fed|cde fed|cde fed|
[BD]gg gag|(3fga g fed|cde fed|1cAF GBd:|2cAF GDB,||
|:G,B,D GBd|~c3 dcA|~B3 Adc|AGF DCB,|
G,B,D GBd|~c3 dcA|~B3 Adc|1AGF G2 G,:|AGF G2 D||
|:G,B,D GBd|~c3 dcA|~B3 Adc|AGF DCB,|
G,A,B, A,B,C|B,CD CD=E|DGA dcA|dcA G3||
# Added by errik .
X: 3
T: Crabs In The Skillet
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:EAA Bcd|dec d3|Bee dcB|edc BAG|
E2 A Bcd|dec d3|dB/c/d gfe|dBG A2G:||
|:E2A ABc|dGB AGE|DBA ABc|dBG E2D|
E2A ABc|dGB E3|dBe d2B|1dBG A2G:|2dBG EAc||
|:Ace Ace|d3 edB|c3 Bed|BAG EDc|
Ace Ace|d3 edB|c3 Bed|BAG A3|
|:Ace Ace|d3 edB|c3 Bed|BAG EDc|
ABc Bcd|cde de=f|eAB edB|edB A3||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Crabs In The Skillet
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:FBB cde|efd e3|cff edc|fed cBA|
F2 B cde|efd e3|ec/d/e agf|ecA B2A:||
|:F2B Bcd|eAc BAF|EcB Bcd|ecA F2E|
F2B Bcd|eAc F3|ecf e2c|1ecA B2A:|2ecA FBd||
|:Bdf Bdf|e3 fec|B3 cfe|cBA Fcd|
Bdf Bdf|e3 fec|d3 cfe|cBA B3|
|:Bdf Bdf|e3 fec|d3 cfe|cBA FEd|
Bcd cde|def ef=g|fBA fec|fec B3||
X: 5
T: Crabs In The Skillet
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|: G,B,D GBd | c2c dcA | BAB Adc | AGF DB,A, |
G,B,D GBd | c2c dcA | BAB Adc |1 AGF G3 :|2 AGF GFE ||
|: D2G ABc | d2B c3 | Add cBA | dcB AGF |
D2G ABc | d2B c3 | cAc fed |1 cAF GFE :| cAF GBd ||
|: fgg fgg | fag f=ed | ^cde fed | ^cde fed |
B2f g2g | fag f=ed | ^cde fed |1 cAF GBd :|2 cAF GDB, |]

Eighteen comments

I used to hate these tunes in flats…

and then i got a flute with keys!

Some folks in the session were playing this the other day. It’s a nice melody, and fits very comfortably in the keyed flute. Fiddlers, of course, have no problems with flats. I can almost play it in one of my more half-holing, note-bending whistles. A real whistler should be able to do it as long as it isn’t too fast. Those couple of F#s and E-nats sure help.

This is from O’Neill, by the way. 1112 in Music of Ireland and 306 in Dance Music of Ireland (1907).

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I roll those long Gs and put the accent on the d (ta-blah-vlah-dah-DEE!). :-)

The 3rd part seems too cute to be authentic, especially being just a variation on the 1st part. But what do i know, i just play this stuff!

This is a great tune! We paired it with Jump at the Sun (same key, same book) and it’s quite haunting on the concertina. Well, more creepy really, but it works for us.

Jump

Trinil, Jump at the Sun isn’t in O’Neill. The version that’s showing in the Tune Finder says it’s by John Kirkpatrick, in 1972. (Still looks like a nice pairing with Crabs, though.)

Jump

Whoops! My mistake. I got them from a band member in a packet of (mostly) O’Neill tunes. Guess my memory recall needs a little work. :D It is a nice pairing, though, I hope we get the arrangement polished and ready soon.

Cheers

Just learning this now on the harp. We (my teacher and our harp orchestra) are teaming it up with and playing it after Planxty Burke.

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Crabs in the Skillet

Here’s a version from Liz and Yvonne Kane’s album "The Well Tempered Bow."

|:DGG ABc|cdB ~c3|Add cBA|dcB AGF|
D2 G ABc|cdB ~c3|cAc fed|1cAF G2 F:|2cAF GBd||
|:~g3 ~g3|fag fed|cde fed|cde fed|
[BD]gg gag|(3fga g fed|cde fed|1cAF GBd:|2cAF GDB,||
|:G,B,D GBd|~c3 dcA|~B3 Adc|AGF DCB,|
G,B,D GBd|~c3 dcA|~B3 Adc|1AGF G2 G,:|AGF G2 D||

There’s an optional variation for the C-part as well:

|:G,B,D GBd|~c3 dcA|~B3 Adc|AGF DCB,|
G,A,B, A,B,C|B,CD CD=E|DGA dcA|dcA G3||

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Crabs in the Skillet

Shouldn’t this be Gdor instead of Gmin?

The only Eflat I play is actually where errik placed the natural in that optional variation on the C part.

A real whistler should be able to do it as long as it isn’t too fast….

Heh… I think Breda Smyth blew away the "rule" about not playing half holes too fast on whistle when she did Bachelor’s walk….

Crabs In The Skillet, X:3

My take on this tune.

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Re: Crabs In The Skillet

Popular tune with fiddlers named Liz, curiously; recorded by Liz Kane, Liz Doherty, and Liz Carroll. Odd? :)

Crabs In The Skillet, X:4

I just thought it would be easier to play on a D whistle if it was set in B minor

Liz Doherty’s

Who doesn’t love a good tune in Gmin? Plus this one makes use of almost all of the fiddle’s range, which is always fun as well, if not really traditional (but then Catharsis or Farewell to Chernobyl don’t sound exactly traditional either). Tune by the French band Doolin’ on their first album "Popcorn Behaviour".
Note: you can make the third part of the tune sound less weird by playing C naturals instead of sharps; I’m only writing them down as it’s what it has been recorded with.

Re: Liz Doherty’s

Great! I’ll just migrate it as another setting over there (and add an alternative name).

Crabs In The Skillet, X:5

Setting from Doolin’s first album "Popcorn Behaviour", with a fancy C sharp on the third part and slight differences from errik’s version here.